Top 5 Things for Kids to Do Indoors with Raleigh Parks

News posted Feb. 22, 2019 - 6:00 am
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Is the winter weather leaving you stir-crazy? When it’s too cold or rainy to play outside, but your kids need to burn off some energy, check out these indoor activities with Raleigh Parks!

1. Explore the Great Outdoors….Inside

Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC 27610

Walnut Creek Wetland Center has an extensive library of nature books for kids and adults. Each month, Walnut Creek has a theme with related activities and crafts. In February, Walnut Creek has a “groundhog burrow” that kids can crawl through. Kids can dig through the log hotel to find beetles, roly-polys, or millipedes. Kids can meet Pudge, the tree frog with no eyes, Mr. T the box turtle, and Electra and Norm, Walnut Creek's snakes. Staff can take out snakes petting! There are also puzzles and games for toddlers and adults.

Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC 27614

Visit the park office at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve to explore nature indoors through the hands-on displays and craft table. Learn about the local wildlife through lifelike puppets, kind furs, and models of animal skulls and feet. Meet Cornelius the friendly corn snake and examine snake skins and models. Squeeze an Audubon bird to hear the bird’s special song or play dozens of bird calls with the Identiflyer. Use binoculars to look out the windows and help count the birds at the feeders. Examine real bugs and models of bugs, or put together a giant floor puzzle of bugs. View and touch our collections of tree leaves, rocks, turtle shells and more. If you like arts and crafts, you can make a free nature craft at the craft table. The park office has plenty of wildlife coloring pages to color and nature books to read. Best of all, there is always a naturalist at the front desk who can guide your explorations and answer your questions.

2. Step Back in Time at the COR Museum

City of Raleigh (COR) Museum
220 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

The City of Raleigh (COR) Museum offers hands-on programming to warm you up during cold days. Kids can try on WWII uniforms, examine artifacts, draw on a giant dry erase wall, or try their hand at using a typewriter. Jump back in time with the Museum this winter!

3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt at Abbotts Creek Community Center

Abbotts Creek Community Center
9950 Durant Road
Raleigh, NC 27614

Stop by the front desk at Abbotts Creek to pick up a fun-filled scavenger hunt! Explore the center and use your brain power to find all the required item. When you finish, a prize will be waiting for you at the front desk!

4. Crawl and Play at Tot Time!

Tot Time
The gym is your playground! Come meet other families in your community in a recreational setting. The gym will be open for parents and their young children. Sports and recreation equipment will be available for use. Registration (online via RecLink or on-site) is required. Tot time is for children ages 1 to 5 years old unless otherwise specified.

  • Abbotts Creek Community Center
    #232775 Jan. 1- April 29 M, W, F 8 a.m. - noon and T, Th 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Barwell Road Community Center
    #233273 Jan. 2 - April 24 W 10 a.m. - noon
  • Green Road Community Center
    #230273 Jan. 2 - April 30 W-F, M-W 10 a.m. - noon
  • Jaycee Community Center
    #232417 Jan. 2 - April 26 W, F 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Lake Lynn Community Center
    #230402 Jan. 2 - April 24 W 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Laurel Hills Community Center
    #233005 Jan. 8 - April 30 Tu, Th 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Millbrook Exchange Community Center
    #232007 Jan. 7 - April 29 M 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • Optimist Community Center
    #233659 Jan. 4 - April 26 F 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Peach Road Center
    T, W, Th 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Roberts Park Community Center
    #234224 Jan. 8 - April 30 Tu 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Sanderford Road Center (Age: 6 mo. – 4yrs.)
    W 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Tarboro Road Community Center
    #233197 Jan. 2 - April 24 W 10:30 a.m. - noon

5. Check out the Indoor Playground and Climbing Wall at Greystone Recreation Center

Greystone Recreation Center
7713-55 Lead Mine Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

Join us at Greystone Recreation Center for a fun indoor playground and rock climbing wall!

For more information, contact

  • Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 919-996-3285
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